Release type: Joint Media Release


Extra infrastructure funding for South Australian public schools


The Hon Jason Clare MP
Minister for Education
Senator the Hon Anthony Chisholm
Assistant Minister for Education
Assistant Minister for Regional Development
The Hon Blair Boyer MP
SA Minister for Education, Training and Skills

The latest round of the Albanese Government’s Schools Upgrade Fund will deliver around $17 million in vital infrastructure projects for South Australian public schools.

Under Round 2 of the Schools Upgrade Fund, 18 public schools across South Australia will each benefit from funding of at least $250,000 to build or upgrade infrastructure.

The successful projects include upgrading food tech and home economics classrooms, installing new playground equipment and resurfacing and upgrading sporting facilities.

Public schools with the greatest need have been prioritised, including schools with high numbers of students from a low-socio economic background, First Nations Students, and students with disability.
Round 2 was open to all public schools and applications closed in February. 

School applications were reviewed by their relevant state and territory education departments which made recommendations to the Australian Government.

More information on the Schools Upgrade Fund is available at 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Jason Clare:

“I want all students to get access to a quality education, including access to quality facilities to learn in and play 

“From upgrading science and art rooms to new outdoor equipment and replacing demountables, this funding will deliver upgrades to public schools that need it the most. 

“This is another important step in building a better and fairer education system.” 

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Education Senator Anthony Chisholm:

“Our schools deserve great infrastructure and the latest equipment to help students achieve their best – no matter where they live, or what their background may be.

“To continue to be a smart and innovative nation, we need to ensure that all Australians have the same opportunities and access to a supportive learning environment.

“This is a great outcome for South Australian schools and I’m thrilled that we can deliver this funding to complete important school infrastructure projects, especially in the state’s regional and rural areas.”

Quotes attributable to the South Australian Minister for Education Blair Boyer:

“The $17m federal investment into school infrastructure for 18 schools in SA is greatly welcomed.

“Upgrading sporting facilities and new playground equipment are incredibly important, not just for schools but for the wider community, and these are all very worthy projects in schools that need them the most.

“The average age of school buildings in SA is 44 years, and even older in regional schools. Regional schools in particular are in great need, and we look forward to further federal investment into facilities in the future.”

List of successful schools

School Name


Coober Pedy Area School

Coober Pedy 

Swallowcliffe School P-6

Davoren Park 

Kaurna Plains School


Elizabeth East Primary School

Elizabeth East 

Elizabeth Grove Primary School

Elizabeth Grove 

Elizabeth Park Primary School

Elizabeth Park 

Hackham West School

Hackham West 

Hawker Area School


Koonibba Aboriginal School

Koonibba Via Ceduna 

Central Yorke School


Marree Aboriginal School


Murray Bridge South Primary School

Murray Bridge 

Augusta Park Primary School

Port Augusta 

Flinders View Primary School

Port Augusta West 

Kirton Point Primary School

Port Lincoln 

Lincoln Gardens Primary School

Port Lincoln 

Fisk Street Primary School

Whyalla Norrie 

Hincks Avenue Primary School

Whyalla Norrie